Jeff hesitated before walking across the grass to the front door. He couldn’t help but have a bad feeling. Rick and Clara never invited him to their parties. They liked him and all, especially during game night. He was the DM for their Dungeons and Dragons game. But, outside of that, Rick and Clara weren’t all that geeky, and neither were their friends outside of game. The one time Jeff had been invited to a party of theirs, he freaked out a few party goers by quoting the whole Star Wars argument from Clerks. Rick never invited him back to another party after that.
Jeff sighed. He didn’t really blame him. He liked Rick and Clara too, but they weren’t really his closest friends. Those were his game group, especially Sarah, his sister. But, she left for school two weeks ago, and the rest of the gang was out of town this weekend at a con. Jeff was feeling a little lonely. He sort of assumed that was why Rick invited him at work the other day. He felt sorry for his skinny, geeky friend. And the sad truth was, Jeff was just lonely enough to take the sympathy offered and go.
When he rung the door bell, Rick answered. He smiled, gave Jeff a big hug and shoved the skinny young man into the room. There weren’t that many other people there, just a few other co-workers from Jeff and Rick’s company. He waved to them awkwardly, but they all smiled back and waved. But then, Rick started steering Jeff through the living room and towards their study.
“What’s going on?” Jeff asked.
“You’ll see,” Rick said. “I’ve a special surprise for you in here. I think you'll really like her.”
Oh, no, Jeff though. It was all a trick. They brought him here to hook him up with some new girl in the office, he just knew it! It was a trap! He started pushing against Rick.
“Now, now, none of that,” Rick said.
Then, he got to the study and opened the door. Inside, Jeff saw a girl about his age, with straight brown hair that covered one side of her face, thick glasses, a shy smile, freckles, and a tee-shirt that showed Admiral Ackbar, with a word bubble and his famous quote, 'It's a Trap!'
Maybe this wasn’t such a bad trap to fall into, Jeff thought as Rick started to do the introductions.